The reviews are in, and the presses views toward the new 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe are generally positive. We say “generally” because most every reviewer continues to find a reason to complain about CUE. But we’re tired of that old record, so let’s delve into the other areas of the ATS coupe that stood out to the press – for good and bad.
The Cadillac ATS coupe’s style seems to be a mixed bag among reviewers. While not a single early review calls the car unattractive, some, like Automobile Magazine, are afraid that “the styling will prove too muted to motivate coupe buyers.”
Initial reviews reveal that the press continues to adore Cadillac’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 engines, even if the two provide similar straight-line performance. Both engines offer distinct personalities, though, with AutoGuide noting that the turbo four “can’t match the V6’s throaty and aggressive melody at full throttle…”
Reaction to Cadillac’s revised six-speed manual transmission has been mixed. Automobile Magazine said the improved transmission “moves nicely [through] the gears,” adding that “the clutch take-up is springy but agreeable,” while AutoGuide notes that “there’s still space for improvement … gear engagement is rough and unrefined leaving the gearbox feeling cheaper than it should in something like an ATS.”
Described as “admirably light” by Automobile Magazine, the new ATS coupe was noted by AutoGuide as being “one of the most engaging small luxury coupes [we’ve] driven in a while. Yes, more responsive than even the BMW 428i.” High praise.
As noted above, the automotive media still pans CUE; however, early reviewers are coming away impressed with General Motors’ in-car 4G LTE service. As Motor Trend sums it up, “I’d give the user-friendliness of the latest iDrive an edge over CUE, but of course Cadillac trumps on connectivity with 4G LTE, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and new standard wireless phone charging.”